ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition


I get the feeling that Jamaicans are anxious to get to the Christmas holidays, so that we can clear our heads and try to get over this horrible year. The past week has been filled with dramas, sadness, and some sweetness and light. The weather continues to be quite deliciously soothing. I am looking forward … More ICYMI in Jamaica, December 21, 2020: The “Does It Feel Like Christmas” Edition

International Fisherman’s Day, Miss May and the Blue Economy: Challenges There Are


On our weekly visits to Hellshire Beach in St. Catherine during the 1980s and early 1990s,     a stop at Miss May’s restaurant was a must. Her escoveitch fish was mouth-watering, her festivals melted in the mouth. We sat at the simple board tables in her restaurant shack, our feet in the cool sand, … More International Fisherman’s Day, Miss May and the Blue Economy: Challenges There Are

Cock Fighting in Jamaica: A Cruel, Illegal and Thriving Bloodsport


It is very hard to write this, but I have learned, as of today in fact, that cock fighting is thriving in some rural areas of Jamaica. It’s hard to write, because I always hope and trust (naïvely, I suppose) that we humans must, at least, treat our domesticated animals with some decency. That’s when … More Cock Fighting in Jamaica: A Cruel, Illegal and Thriving Bloodsport

Weekly Photo Challenge: Story (People’s Stories, That Is)


This week’s Photo Challenge is “Story.” They say “Every picture tells a story.” When you are talking about people – yes, it does, although the stories are barely revealed by the camera. This challenge suggested that a story is a series of events. However, I was thinking of the story that each person, each individual … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Story (People’s Stories, That Is)

Weekend Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 17/18, 2017


Perhaps a weekend review works better. In any case, it’s two weeks since I last posted an update. There’s much to catch up on! Mostly floods and crime… Please click on the highlighted areas for links to more information… We have had rain and more rain. We have barely recovered from the floods of mid-May – but … More Weekend Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 17/18, 2017

Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016


I am playing some serious “catch-up” now with my newsy stuff. So much has been happening! Please click on the links for more information on these stories I pulled together for you…I’m afraid some of these stories are somewhat depressing. I will try to find some more encouraging ones, next time! Jamaica and the Caribbean The … More Caribbean Nations Vote AGAINST Whale Sanctuary, Jamaica Moves to Ratify Paris Agreement: Environment News: October 28, 2016

Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016


Well, the week’s not over yet, and it has been pretty intense. News arriving daily, at home and from abroad, has made us sit up and say “What?…Oh, no!” The rain has gone and summer is settling in. I am huddling over the fan. If air conditioning were to fall down from the sky, it … More Tivoli Gardens Report, Homophobic Unpleasantness and UWI Drills Wells: Jamaica on Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Refreshing New Health Minister, Children in Crisis and Vaz’s Vybz Upset Everyone: Wednesday, December 23, 2015


It’s Christmas Eve, and the streets of Kingston have turned into a turgid struggle of humans and cars for the past two weeks. I don’t know whether everyone is simply running around in ever-decreasing circles or whether this frenzied traffic has meaning and purpose; are people actually spending money this year? As for me, I … More A Refreshing New Health Minister, Children in Crisis and Vaz’s Vybz Upset Everyone: Wednesday, December 23, 2015